Ryan Braun reestablished himself as a power/speed threat in a bounce-back 2015 season. He also managed to avoid major injury for most of the year, though he missed 13 of the Brewers' final 15 games with a herniated disc. Braun had surgery to repair the disc after the season and he is not a lock to be ready for opening day. His potential to deliver a 20-20 season with a high batting average could be enough to earn Braun a spot among the top 10 outfielders, but concerns about his back should keep him just outside that upper echelon.
Braun said Sunday that he is behind schedule in his recovery from offseason back surgery, MLB.com reports. "I won't be 100 percent at the start of spring training, no," Braun said. "I think it will kind of be a gradual process to work my way back to 100 percent. But I feel pretty good. I don't foresee any reason that it wouldn't be [ready for Opening Day], but until I get out there and start doing things at full speed, it's hard to say." The 32-year-old estimated that he's about two weeks behind schedule, having just been cleared to resume swinging a bat a little over a week ago. Braun went under the knife days after the end of the regular season to repair a bulging disk in his lower back, an issue which kept him out for the final few weeks. On a positive note, Braun suggested his right thumb is no longer a concern, saying he is pain-free and has no plans to undergo another cryotherapy procedure.
Braun is progressing well from offseason back surgery, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I feel pretty good, knock on wood," Braun said Wednesday. "The only surprise is the rehab is a little longer than I was anticipating, just a couple months of rehab. Other than that, everything was as expected." Although the initial 3-to-4 week recovery timetable is out the window, Braun remains optimistic that his offseason program will not be impacted and he will be back at 100 percent for spring training. The 32-year-old is doing physical therapy four days a week for the back, and he said there are no plans at this point for him to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his thumb. The five-year, $105 million extension Braun signed in 2011 kicks in this season.
Braun will need 3-4 weeks to recover from offseason back surgery, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. This comes as no surprise considering the Brewers expected Braun to need at least a month of rest in order to heal from an offseason surgery on his back. New general manager David Stearns didn't anticipate any complications with Braun saying, "Our expectation is he'll be ready to go when we get to Maryvale (for spring training)."
Ryans outfielder Ryan Braun underwent surgery on his back, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Braun was dealing with a back injury that sidelined him toward the end of the season, and will now need about a month of recovery time. Everything with the procedure went well, and he should be good to go by the start of spring training
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (back) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday and will likely have surgery Thursday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Braun didn't play in any of the final six games of the season, and it appears he's now set to undergo an offseason procedure that's expected to to need a month of recovery, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the beginning of the 2016 season.